Arsenal could count themselves somewhat lucky that they escaped from Paris with a 1-1 draw.
But for an extremely wasteful Paris Saint-Germain side, the game could have been over a a contest by half time.
That being said, the Gunners grew into the game in the second half as their confidence increased, and they might feel they deserved their equaliser courtesy of a well-taken Alexis Sánchez effort with around fifteen minutes remaining.
But of the players on show in the Parc des Princes tonight, who impressed the most?
Paris Saint-Germain Player Ratings:
Alphonse Aréola – 6.5: Had little to do before picking the ball out of the net for Sánchez’s equalier. Made a good save from Iwobi late on.
Serge Aurier – 7: Started ahead of Thomas Meunier tonight and fully justified his selection. Looked lively throughout and worried Monreal on more than one occasion.
Marquinhos – 7: The only member of the PSG backline to survive from the weekend, Marquinhos displayed the kind the kind of form that convinced the club they no longer needed David Luiz.
Thiago Silva – 7.5: Commanding performance by a top-class centre back. Kept the Arsenal attack very quiet and was unlucky to have conceded.
Maxwell – 6.5: Did alright, considering he had the speed of Bellerín to contend with. Held his own on the left side of defence but might not have done enough to displace Kurzawa.
Grzegorz Krychowiak – 7: A solid display from the highly-rated Polish international, limited the Arsenal attack while maintaining high passing stats of his own.
Marco Verratti – 8: Tremendous, mature performance from the young playmaker. Made his side tick, but ruined his own night somewhat with a needless sending off near the end.
Adrien Rabiot – 7: Reportedly a target for Arsenal, Wenger will like what he saw of the young midfielder. A confident display that belied his 21 years of age.
Ángel Di María – 7: Missed a good chance to put PSG 2-0 up in the second half, other than that Di María was always good for a trick or two. Could possibly have done better in the final third on occasion.
Blaise Matuidi – 6: Looked slightly uncomfortable out on the left wing, and his night definitely helped by how well the midfield played in his absence.
Edinson Cavani – 6: Gets a 6 for the goal but how can a supposed top striker be so wasteful? Could and should have had a hat-trick but spurned three brilliant chances. The draw is on him.
Thiago Motta (Rabiot 71) – 5: Couldn’t really get into the game, a similar problem to Xhaka in that respect.
Javier Pastore (Krychowiak 80) – N/A: Not on long enough to make a significant impact
Thomas Meunier (Aurier 84) – N/A: Had even less time to make an impact
Arsenal Player Ratings
David Ospina – 9: Fantastic. Eyebrows were raised when Ospina got the nod to start ahead of Petr Cech tonight, but the Colombian international made a series of brilliant saves to keep his side in it.
Héctor Bellerín – 6: Nothing more, nothing less. Used his speed well and was alright defensively.
Laurent Koscielny – 6: Made one or two very good blocks but nowhere near his commanding performance of last weekend.
Shkodran Mustafi – 6.5: Slightly more composed than Koscielny next to him, but again, nothing to shout about.
Nacho Monreal – 5: Went missing for the goal, never recovered. Has to be under pressure for his place from KIeran Gibbs at this stage.
Francis Coquelin – 6: Won’t keep his place with performances like this. Lucky to start ahead of Xhaka tonight and one wonders if Wenger has taken note.
Santi Cazorla – 7: There’s a subtlety in how Cazorla operates that Arsenal badly miss when he doesn’t feature. Solid again in the Arsenal midfield.
Alex Iwobi – 6.5: His first start since returning from injury, and the young Nigerian international looked lively even if the end product was lacking. Had a decent chance to win the game near the end.
Mesut Ozil – 5.5: Struggling. Really struggling. Yet to truly show his best form this season and while the faith from the Arsenal bench is unwavering, Ozil needs to step it up and soon.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6: Looked awkward. This team can’t afford to carry passengers and with plenty of competition for his place, Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to find some form and confidence.
Alexis Sánchez – 7: Took his goal very well, but the experiment of Sánchez as a striker just isn’t working. Arsenal didn’t have a single shot on target before the 78th minute.
Oliver Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 63) – 5: Looked better as a focal point for the Arsenal attack than Sánchez had been, but a stupid red card now rules him out of a vital match against FC Basel in two weeks.
Granit Xhaka (Coquelin 71) – 6: Would probably have been far more effective had he been allowed to get a feel of the game from the start instead of thrown in with twenty minutes left. That said, Xhaka has to start in this team. Has to.
Mohamed Elneny (Ozil 85) – N/A: Not enough time to make an impact